Cleaning up in the studio can sometimes lead to actually working in the studio. And I had high hopes of beating Mr. Resistance while in the middle of this chore. Alas, it didn't work that way this time.
However, I did come to one conclusion: paintings on paper need a mat.
There is something about matting a work that says "Finished." A mat lends a neat look to a painting, much like framing does. The two together, a mat with a frame, is preferable. But even the mat alone cleans up the work and gives it some room to breathe.
Besides, the work won't flop over when being shown at those shopping events.
In the photo above, you can see how my watercolor paintings look with and without mats. Those with look nice, clean, and professional. Yes, the paintings without a mat are wonderful, but I think they will display a better appearance with that bit of frame.
So, in an effort to argue with Mr. Resistance to stop visiting, I took a small step toward working.
Matting is working. I may be going old school by using a T-square, triangle, and a razor blade, but it's fine with me. A few mats a day won't hurt. Paying a framer hurts. Buying a mat cutting device hurts.
Anyway, I can cut a mean bevel with my bare hands.